David Siegel Named Executive Director of Ent Center for the Arts

The Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS hires a long-time local arts champion as its new executive director.

Local arts advocate and community champion David Siegel will be leading Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS as the new executive director starting January 2022.

Siegel brings deep experience and connections with artists, art and cultural organizations, philanthropists and the wider Colorado Springs community. As executive director, he will be charged with developing and encouraging cultural engagement on campus and throughout the Pikes Peak Region. He will work closely with the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) in the UCCS College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Theatreworks, the Galleries of Contemporary Art, as well as community arts organizations and partners.

“The arts strengthen our community’s character, create connections between us and make Colorado Springs a better place to live,” said UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy. “We are thrilled to welcome David to the UCCS community, where he will use his extensive experience in the arts to support the students in our academic arts programs as well as our professional programs and continue to position the Ent Center as a key asset for our community.”

David Siegel most recently served as the CEO of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation. “David brought great insight, poise and creativity to the Bee Vradenburg Foundation,” said Phil Kendall, board president of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation. “During his time with the foundation, David helped establish more reliable public sector support for the arts, implemented a comprehensive strategy to advance racial equity at the foundation, and guided more than $1.2 million in grant funding to support local arts organizations. We are sorry to see David leave but celebrate his appointment as executive director at the Ent Center for the Arts where he will continue to champion the arts in the Pikes Peak region.”

An artist himself who actively performs with several musical ensembles, including Grass It Up and Mango fan Django. Siegel holds a degree in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Siegel is chair of the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board and is a past president of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Board of Directors, the Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax Committee, the Colorado Springs Public Art Commission, and co-chairs a statewide affinity group of arts funders and philanthropists.

For Ent Center for the Arts programming and performances: entcenterforthearts.org

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Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is Springs’ co-founder, editorial director and chief outdoor officer. He loves building community by telling stories about all the people, places and culture that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. And he’s especially stoked when exploring new places in the Springs, Colorado and beyond. Watch for him hiking, running or mountain biking the local trails with his wife and kids.

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